12 Jewelry Trends for 2014: The Most Versatile Stud Earrings

Shes done it again. For the third year in a row, JCK senior editor Jennifer Heebner has released her much-anticipated and eerily accurate list of jewelry trends for the year. Twelve looks for 2014—everything from specific gemstones to bold colors and styles—can be found here. And for the second year in a row, Ill be joining her in sharing with you our favorite pieces to go along with each of the 12 trends. So if you haven’t already, check out Jen’s 12 Jewelry Trends for 2014: The Third Annual List of What to Buy, Sell, and Stock in the Year Ahead, and join us as we take this fashionable journey of jewelry!

Trend No. 12: Stud Earrings

It seems odd, how so much can be said of such a simple, small piece of jewelry. But the innocent little stud earring stirs up its fair share of commotion. First, we tire of them (on the red carpet, solitaires are such a disappointment). On the other hand, in real life, we can’t get enough, and we never will.

Rina Limor stud earrings

Rina Limor

For those not rocking million-dollar jewels on the red carpet, a simple pair of diamond studs (or CZs) are a jewelry box staple. They add sparkle to any ensemble, and, admittedly, I’ve been impressed by how polished one can look while sporting a pair…even if one is also sporting sweat pants.

William Levine diamond stud earrings

William Levine


Stardom colored CZ stud earrings



J. Birnbach fancy yellow diamond stud earrings

J. Birnbach Jewelry

M.K. Diamonds & Jewelry diamond stud earrings

M.K. Diamonds & Jewelry

Teeny, tiny baubles are a favorite look of late, with delicate, whimsical shapes not only adding something extra to an ensemble but also exuding an air of playfulness. How can a cute little pair of gold anchors not make someone smile?

Silver Stars Collection evil eye stud earrings

Silver Stars Collection


Anzie Jewelry starburst mini stud earrings

Anzie Jewelry


Silver Stars Collection anchor stud earrings

Silver Stars Collection

On the other end of the spectrum are those stud earrings that make a statement. Oversize, blinged out, and completely captivating—not to mention the affinity we (or at least, I) have developed for two-sided stud earring (a la Dior’s Mise en Dior pearls).

Sethi Couture black opaque diamond stud earrings

Sethi Couture


Sarah Graham Sea Urchin large stud earrings

Sarah Graham



Imperial Pearl crystal and pearl double stud earrings

Imperial Pearl



Supreme Jewelry diamond apostrophe earrings

Supreme Jewelry

The ’80s and ’90s influences have us mixing and matching our earrings now, too. The possibilities are infinite: Wear just one earring; mix a stud in one ear with a drop or ear cuff in another; wear four different studs in each ear, if piercings allow. If you look at stud earrings in the same way as one would a collection of stacking rings, there’s opportunity to make any look a personal expression of style. 

Omi Prive alexandrite halo stud earrings

Omi Privé


Charm America 'love' stud earrings

Charm America


Bohemme champagne cushion stud earrings


So when a customer comes in and says, “Oh, I’m just looking for a pair of studs,” remind her that those just studs will provide a fresh look for a long, long time. Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re boring. In fact, they may just be one of the best pieces this industry has to offer.

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